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Courtesy photo | Steven Loring

The Portage Senior Center launched speed dating last summer for people 50 and older. It got the idea from a documentary about older adults who reduced their loneliness that way. Now the center brings the director of the "The Age of Love" film, Steven Loring, to the Kalamazoo area on Monday, March 5 for a free screening of his movie. (Click icon to listen now to an interview with Loring airing Monday on WMUK 102.1 FM at 9:30 a.m. on WestSouthwest, with a 3:30 p.m. rebroadcast).


Earlene McMichael | WMUK

Tammy, a 65-year-old Kalamazoo-area woman, got divorced 18 years ago. She says her dates since have been few and gone nowhere, even after trying a matchmaking service. 

Gordon, 78, of Portage, has been widowed for three years. He’s been to lunch with a couple of women but finds it hard to call it dating. He and his wife were married for over half a century.

For a variety of reasons, older adults can find it tougher to find a partner, even friends, at a time in their lives when social isolation can start to creep in, says Kim Phillips, manager of the Portage Senior Center

What’s an older adult to do? 


Earlene McMichael | WMUK

Having a strong social network has a positive effect on the health of senior citizens. But here's the thing: Finding a partner and friends can be tougher for older adults.